Is it still possible to renew DACA benefits?

Due to the suspension of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), in July of last year, thousands of Dreamers have been left without the opportunity to make initial applications.

DACA was suspended by a federal judge in Texas in July 2021, however, this did not mean the cancellation of the program or its benefits. Current DACA recipients can continue to renew their benefits every two years, but Dreamers may not attempt to make initial applications.

Since its creation in 2012, DACA has provided the opportunity to more than 800,000 Dreamers to access the labor market legally and to attend university. And despite the suspension of the program, its benefits are maintained and the renewal opportunity as well.

 Likewise, DACA recipients continue with other benefits such as requesting Advance Parole, the special permission to be able to leave and re-enter the United States legally.

Currently, DACA is suspended and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) does not accept initial applications. In this way, the initial applicants who began the process and sent their documentation, but did not complete it, have not been able to access the benefits of DACA.

Who can renew DACA?

  • Beneficiaries who have not left the United States without Advance Parole since August 15, 2012.
  • Recipients who have continuously lived in the United States since the last approved DACA request/renewal.
  • You have not been convicted of a felony, misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors.
  • It is not a threat to national security or public safety.

Learn more at the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/es/programas-humanitarios/renovar-su-daca

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